Kris Mordecai (he/him or they/them) is the Director of Finance & Operations at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where he brings fifteen years’ experience in nonprofit management, administration, and organizational leadership for progressive social change. Kris’s approach puts an emphasis on bringing mission-aligned, values-based strategies to financial management, human resources, talent management, and general operations policies and procedures. At AVP, Kris manages the team that takes care of the organization’s finances, operations, human resources, IT, and facilities, working together to apply AVP’s anti-oppression values to all aspects of making the organization run. For Kris’s team, this means applying an antiracist lens to HR and workplace culture policies and decisions, employing a participative and collaborative budgeting process that reflects the organization’s collective values, and striving to create trauma-informed workspaces in both the physical and virtual environment.
In addition to his work at AVP, Kris also operates an independent consulting practice in which he provides management support for progressive nonprofits in the areas of operations, finance, and talent management. His consulting work aims to build and grow strong, sustainable organizations and organizational cultures, creating optimal conditions for teams and communities to achieve their shared visions.
Prior to his work at AVP, Kris led the financial and operations functions for two other LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations, GLSEN and Out & Equal, for a decade. His work within the LGBTQ+ movement has pushed for intersectional approaches in queer liberation work, progressive change in internal management and policies, and better trans-inclusion within the movement.
Kris is currently the Treasurer for Urban Sketchers, a global organization that promotes storytelling through on-location drawing, with over 120,000 members across 60 countries. He has served on Urban Sketchers’ board finance committee for the past five years.
Organizational leadership & staff management
Organizational culture & change management
Sustainable strategies for diversity, equity & inclusion
Staff supervision & management
Performance planning & evaluation
Board management & governance
Financial management & budgeting
New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Master of Public Administration
Agnes Scott College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Spanish
This course is designed for public and nonprofit leaders and managers rather than human resource professionals, and provides a broad overview of human resources and talent leadership. Regardless of the role you’ll play in the public/nonprofit sector, your ability to lead people will be a critical component of your and your organization’s success. Topics will include basic human resources functions such as job design and recruitment; equity, diversity and inclusion; leading organizational change; professional development and employee engagement; providing feedback and managing performance. We will also explore current issues within human resources management, and will use current headlines and contemporary issues to inform class discussions. The course will include practical application through case discussions and reflection on students’ prior management experience. While it will focus on values-based organizations, best practices from public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors will be considered and analyzed.